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TrialSue: No Terry Nation this time. That’s a shame.

Me: Are you feeling all right?

Sue: Oh look, it’s Servalan’s house.

The Supreme Commander’s space station is very busy today.

Me: Do you remember them?

I’m pointing at Bercol and Rotane, who we last saw in Seek – Locate – Destroy.

Sue: Vaguely. They’re the bad guys, I think. I definitely recognise this guard, though. What have I seen him in before?

Me: The Bill. It’s Tosh Lines.

Sue: So it is. He’s very good. I like the way we’re getting a different perspective on things with these two guards. I hope they stick with that. It’s different.

Me: I say, I say, do you recognise this guy?

I’m pointing at John Savident.

TrialSue: I feel like I’m attending a police identity parade. Yes, he’s famous. Just don’t ask me what’s he’s been in. I haven’t got a clue.

Sue is more Walford than Weatherfield, although having said that, she doesn’t remember Brian Croucher as Ted Hills in EastEnders, either. It must be the eyepatch.

A trial is about to take place.

Sue: Are they going to charge Travis with incompetence, because he lets Blake escape ALL THE TIME?

Servalan briefs a woman named Thania.

Sue: Servalan is looking very beautiful today. I’ve noticed that Federation women are very androgynous. Maybe these two are lesbian lovers and…

I can’t bring myself to type the rest.

Sue: The courtroom set is nice. The costumes are very striking, too. They’ve spent some money on this one.

Travis is charged with the murder of over one thousand unarmed civilians. The defence requests that the names of all the victims be read out in court.

TrialSamor: Do you realize how long that will take, Major?

Sue: Oh no. This is going to be a fun episode.

Travis doesn’t bat an eyelid.

Sue: He looks like he’s going to have a power nap. I think I might join him.

Meanwhile, on the Liberator, Blake is knocking back the crème de menthe and bickering with Avon.

Sue: Is Blake still in charge? Has Avon taken over the ship yet?

Blake wants to teleport to an uninhabited planet for some serious me-time.

Avon: One of your followers – one of your three remaining followers – might have to risk his neck to rescue you.

Sue: So we’re back to Blake’s 3 again? Brilliant.

When Blake gently places his hand on Avon’s shoulder, Sue starts shipping.

Sue: Get a room.

Me: Get a Livejournal account.

TrialZen: Status is firm.

Sue: Yeah, I bet it is.

Jenna enters the flight deck in a pair of tight leather trousers.

Sue: Blake’s 7 caters for just about everyone when it comes to bums in tight leather. However, if Vila starts wearing PVC, I’m out of here.

The crew on the flight deck can hear Blake chatting to Cally in the teleport room.

Sue: Why do they have a baby monitor on the ship?

Blake teleports down to the planet.

Sue: Is this really the best time to go camping, Blake? And what’s in your man bag? A packed lunch? What the hell is going on, Neil?

Back on Servalan’s space station, Rontane and Bercol discuss the Supreme Commander’s plan to have Travis executed so he can’t testify against her at an inquiry that’s been set up to investigate the Blake affair.

Bercol: A Presidential stay of execution so that Travers can give evidence?

Sue: Travers? Who the **** is Travers?

Bercol: Servalan picked Travers.

Sue: He said it again! First they can’t get his face right, and now they can’t get his name right.

Rotane: Servalan’s ambitions threaten us all. And the President particularly dislikes being threatened.

TrialSue: Are they the President’s men?

Me: Yes.

Sue: What, all of them?

Me: That’s probably the worst joke you’ve ever made.

Sue: I’m sorry. I’m bored. When does this episode get going?

Blake has teleported to some undisclosed coordinates, which puzzles the Liberator‘s crew.

Vila: I wish Gan was here.

Avon: Oh, yes, of course. He would be able to work out exactly what was going on.

Sue: (laughing) That’s cruel. Gan’s corpse isn’t even cold yet. Funny, though.

Blake has left a message for his crew. In short, he’s given them an opportunity to abandon him on an alien planet if they really want to.

Sue: Blake is a terrible captain. He should hold regular team meetings for a start. He has to stop all this going behind their backs nonsense. He’ll never earn their trust that way. And he’s a coward, too. He should have had this conversation ON THE SHIP!

Blake’s self-imposed exile begins with him being squirted in the face. Yes, really.

Sue: Is he on Candid Camera?

Or Game For a Laugh if you’re under the age of 40.

Sue: Is a plant is pissing in his face?

Blake notices a strange creature hiding in the undergrowth.

Sue: What the hell was THAT? That was bloody weird.

TrialMeanwhile, Travis is relaxing in his cell when Trooper Par (try saying that quickly) arrives bearing gifts.

Sue: Why has he brought Travis some Hugo Boss aftershave? Is he trying to tell him something?

Par has a soft spot for Travis.

Par: You could always rely on him not to get you killed unnecessarily.

Sue: Unlike some people I could mention. Oh look, here he is now.

Blake is pursuing the strange creature through a jungle.

Sue: This is beginning to get on my tits, Neil.

The creature unnerves Sue.

Sue: What the hell is this? It’s a cross between Gollum, a chicken and a lizard. What a mess. This had better not be Gan’s replacement.

Meanwhile, on the Liberator…

Sue: THERE ARE TOO MANY PLOTS! This episode is jumping all over the place. Pick a story and tell it.

Me: Which of the three plots would you like to get rid of?

Sue: All of them.

The creature known as Zil educates Blake about the ways of the world.

Zil: Everything lives. The Host lives. To live is not enough for Blake and Zil. Blake and Zil woke.

Sue: I really can’t be arsed with this, Neil. This is dreadful.

TrialZil offers Blake something to eat.

Blake: What is it?

Zil: Life.

Sue: Lice? No thanks!

Me: Not lice. Life.

Sue: I can’t understand a word she’s saying. It’s nonsense.

Zil becomes more and more distressed.

Sue: It’s Lady Ga Ga on a bad night out.

Meanwhile, Avon has come up with a plan to save Blake from being eaten alive by the planet he accidentally went camping on, but can Cally pull it off?

Avon: It will be up to you to hit the main switch and complete the process. You’ll have to concentrate. He’ll appear and disappear in one short flash.

Cally: And if I miss it?

Avon: He’s gone for good.

Sue: Look at Avon’s smile. He’s almost daring Cally to miss Blake on purpose. That way they could all **** off and become millionaires.

Zil is eaten by the planet.

Sue: Who cares? This is ****ing dreadful. I’ve lost my patience with this.

Cally successfully teleports Blake back to the ship.

TrialSue: So what did that solve, exactly? It’s just proved once again that Blake is a hopeless, selfish leader. I don’t understand why Avon didn’t let the idiot die. He should demote him at the very least.

Back on the space station, Travis and Thania are arguing over who gets to make the opening declaration.

Sue: You know, it’s hard to take someone who looks like Alvin Stardust seriously.

Blake calls a team meeting.

Sue: Maybe he learned a valuable lesson, after all.

Blake’s plan is very simple:

Blake: A high-speed attack. A single strike run. We’ll be on them before they know and away before they can respond.

Avon: Where?

Blake: Servalan’s headquarters.

Sue: My mistake. He’s learned nowt. So who’s he going to get killed this week?

Travis addresses the courtroom with a damning defence of his actions.

Sue: Come on! Love-a-me too. Won’t you be my Coo Ca Choo?

Me: Eh?

Sue: It’s his black leather glove that does it.

Travis starts yelling and screaming.

Sue: YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

Meanwhile, Federation ships are approaching the Liberator.

TrialSue: Here we go. Finally, some action.

But the ships sail right past them, thanks to a detector shield invented by Avon.

Sue: That pretty much sums up this episode. Nothing is happening. Nothing at all.

Vila: They missed us! Avon’s gadget works!

Avon: It just occurred to me, that as the description of a highly sophisticated technological achievement, “Avon’s gadget works” seems to lack a certain style.

Sue turns to me and frowns.

Sue: Even Avon can’t save this episode. Come back Terry Nation, all is forgiven.

Servalan wants Travis dead.

Servalan: It really is a pity he’s got to die. He’s so much better than anything I’ve got left.

Sue: Why don’t they just make a deal? They are obviously lovers, so why don’t they just cover each other’s backs and get each other off.

Me: I beg your pardon?

Sue: The charges, you idiot. And then they can have sex together.

Travis is sentenced to death.

Sue: I don’t believe this. Blake is going to save Travis’s life, isn’t he? The idiot!

TrialTravis: The Federation is run by hypocrites and supported by fools. I’m glad to be rid of you all.

Sue: Travis would be a good replacement for Gan. In fact, I’m even more convinced that will happen. Blake’s got to get his numbers back up.

The Liberator fires on the space station, hitting the courtroom, but Travis jumps through a closing door just in time to escape the cold vacuum of space.

Sue: Wow. His jumping is almost as subtle as his acting.

Blake tells Zen to get them the hell out of there.

Sue: What? WAIT! Come back and finish them off! Two more shots and they’ll all be dead. What are you doing?

Travis makes his way to Servalan’s office.

Sue: It’s all kicking off, now. Better late than never, I suppose.

Servalan allows Travis to continue his pursuit of Blake as an outlaw.

Sue: What a load of shit. They could have set that up in the first ten minutes. What a waste of an episode.

Back on the Liberator, Blake and Avon are talking about Zil.

TrialAvon: I would quite like to have met this Zil of yours. It’s not often that one comes across a philosophical flea.

Sue: I told you it was lice.

Blake and Avon laugh their heads off.

Sue sticks her fingers down her throat and retches.

Cue credits.

The Score:

Sue: I hated that episode.

1/10

Me: 1 out of 10? Are you on crack?

Sue: It was rubbish! Don’t tell me that you actually liked it, Neil.

Me: The bits with Travis were all right.

Sue: Are you on crack?

Me: Seriously, though. 1 out of 10? Really?

Sue: It irritated me. Blake didn’t learn a damn thing and this version of Travis is a complete joke. Even Avon bored me to tears. And as for all that crap with Lady Ga Ga? Forget it. I’ll give it a point for the costumes and the courtroom, and that’s it.

Me: Are you sure you’re feeling OK?

Here’s a picture of a kitten to take your mind off Sue’s score:

Kitten

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    March 21, 2014 3:01 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mat Dolphin

    It’s like Robots of Death all over again, but worse! What a shock. I don’t know what else to say.

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    March 21, 2014 3:16 pmPosted 3 years ago
    San

    Oh noes! Must’ve been a bad night for TV watching! I love Zil, possibly the most unusual creature in the series. Not sure the structure of the ep works very well, but important things happen–Blake feels guilty and basically prepares to commit suicide, his crew must decide to stick with him or ditch him, with further implications about whether they are organised rebels with a defined goal or just a random bunch of renegades marking time, Travis becomes an outcast, we get a look in on Servalan’s ambition to become absolute ruler… and, um, lovely costumes for Jenna, Cally, Avon!

    “Maybe these two are lesbian lovers and…”

    Aw, yissss! 🙂

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    March 21, 2014 3:18 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Rob

    I keep having to look at the pic of the cute kitten..
    1 out of 10? Really? ‘Trial’ is one of my faves except for the Lady GaGa lice issues and i would give it a 9.
    Despite the shock of the low rating for a classic, I still laughed at Sue’s comments and I’m convinced that she will adore ‘Killer’ (especially for the costumes) 🙂

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    March 21, 2014 3:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    James

    Nah Sue’s right – Trial is shit.

    Gorgeous kitten though.

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    March 21, 2014 3:24 pmPosted 3 years ago
    executrix

    Lice? Don’t talk to me about lice.

    Don’t know if a spoiler cut is required, but there’s a bit of an insect theme going on in Killer as well.

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    March 21, 2014 4:27 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Andrew

    A work of genius (this post that is, haven’t seen the episode so can’t say if I agree or disagree with Sue’s mark)!

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    March 21, 2014 5:09 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Sooty

    Goody, Bob Holmes next. He writes Avon n Villa So well.

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    March 21, 2014 5:09 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Rassilon

    They did the moving dot in the background thing through the viewport IIRC for the Liberator starting to make it’s attack run, it always struck me they could have made more of an effort on the attack, in fact they could have done this throughout the series & skipped over all that teleporting down.

    The method of Blake’s retrieval never quite made sense to me.

    & finally Neil it’s your fault I now have Super Trooper Pah singing in my head.

    Cute kitten though.

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    March 21, 2014 6:08 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Chris Allen

    I’m astonished to see this rated so low.

    OK, 30 years may have enabled me to get used to Zil (I definitely didn’t care for “her” on first viewing) but to me the episode is a great insight into Space Command as a functioning organization, not just “baddies of the week”.

    The two main plots actually have something to do with each other for once (yes “Time Squad” I’m looking at you). Both Blake and Travis are on trial after the events of the last episode. Blake’s is self-imposed because of his guilt over Gan’s death, Travis is on trial in a more literal sense.

    It’s a character episode rather than an action fest. And Trooper Par is a great guest character.

    To paraphrase Travis:

    “The more thorough the characterization, the more interlinked the sub-plots, the better the episode. And this is a good episode”.

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      March 21, 2014 7:38 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Katy

      +1.

      I can see that if you don’t like Gan as a character and don’t care about his death, and don’t like Blake as a character and don’t care about his self-doubt and the possible deteroiration of his relationships with everyone else on the ship… then the Blake plot this week hasn’t got much going for it.

      The Travis plotline is also a character plot, stopping and allowing him to be a character – and one who has a surprisingly good justification for what he’s done (plus, I love that Rontane and Bercol are back to explain to us what Servalan’s doing and why it’s so clever).

      Nothing much happens… but loads of things happen for Blake and Travis. I think it’s a mistake to say ‘oh my god Blake hasn’t learned anything’ because he almost did – he almost learned to give up, and then in this episode he learnt he shouldn’t and couldn’t. And I don’t really know why he should do – Control is his first and only real failure.

      I am now serious worried about Sue not liking Star One aka the best episode of Blake’s 7 imo.

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        March 22, 2014 11:06 amPosted 3 years ago
        Rob

        ‘I am now serious worried about Sue not liking Star One aka the best episode of Blake’s 7’

        I’m wondering that too (and ‘Star One’ is such a wonderful script). A lot of the fun of this blog for me is trying to second guess what eppys Sue will like. I think I’ve been wrong on each count but I’m going to stick my neck out here and predict that Sue will enjoy ‘Killer’ (or certain elements of it) 🙂

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    March 21, 2014 6:49 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    There you have it folks – we’ve just had our The Daleks moment with a score that’s hard to refute, since nothing Sue remarks about the episode structure is factually incorrect. Blake’s 7 is basically Torchwood in space, because no matter what shit goes down on a weekly basis, nobody ever learns a damn thing from it. The difference here is that this is the entire *point* that makes the show as realistic as the low-budget camp will allow – as Servalan has observed right for her own opening scenes, Blke only ‘wins’ due to his own sheer spawniness and owning such a kickass ship, and the threat doesn’t come from what he does but what he represents. In reality, Blake is a figurehead and nothing else – like the Master, he’s hopelessly overambitious beyond his talents, is completely out of his depth, but through his own hubris and self-doubt (neither of which are good leadership qualities) has got himself into this absurd position where he can’t simply screw up his courage and quit. Even when things are at their bleakest, he has to count on other people to tell him he’s doing a pisspoor job. The irony there is the only reason he’s still in charge is that although Avon could justifiably depose Blake at any time, Avon stopped by his own superiority complex. This is the part of B7 that both J. Micheal Thingy and Joss Whedon picked up on, and depending on how fallible, flawed and relateable you like your ‘heroes’ to be, the whole conceit is either really brilliant, really shit, or really brilliantly shit.

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      March 21, 2014 9:40 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      Why should Blake quit, and let a government that thinks it’s okay to frame people for child abuse (not to mention a casual approach to mass murder) carry on with their totalitarianism? He’s got more reason than most other rebels to want revenge for the people who knew, friends even, who were killed in two massacres.

      In real life there are plenty of worse political leaders, with worse motivations, who don’t “screw up their courage and quit”. I wish some of them would.

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        March 22, 2014 1:29 amPosted 3 years ago
        Dave Sanders

        At the beginning, that was true, but we’ve seen more and more people over the course of the series to whom Blake could pass the torch who have more competence for decisive paramilitary action than Blake does. Besides which, bar one or two suggestions from Cally it’s been Blake that has made all the decisions and formulated all the tactics up to this point without delegating a single plan to anyone – not even Orac appears to get much of a say, or even be asked, about matters here. Of course Blake should lead from the front if it’s called for, but when he feels he has to prove himself by personally handling as many aspects of an operation as he can, tits are getting upwardly-mobile pretty sharpish. ‘Screw up his courage and quit’ was probably the wrong turn of phrase, but Blake refuses to accept his own limitations and he doesn’t need to stand down to do that.

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          March 22, 2014 11:07 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Frankymole

          It’d be interesting to see how someone like Avalon handles the Liberator. Or even Del Grant. But those people had their own battles to fight and people to lead, and didn’t seem interested in taking over Blake’s kind of single-strike guerrilla war. Or even the hunt for control. It’s hard to see what they could really have done – with its limited teleport facilities you couldn’t even land a Del Grantian mercenary army on a planet, and Avalon seemed more into nurturing rebel nests on a dozen planets or subversion cells and then letting them get on with it, so aside from a fast taxi service (which she already had with friends to call on) why would she need the Liberator?

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    March 21, 2014 6:54 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Richard Lyth

    1 out of 10?! Sue must have been in a REALLY bad mood when she watched this. I’ll admit the Blake segments don’t really work, I can see what they were trying to do but Zil is just too ridiculous to take seriously, and it’s never clear why they can’t just beam him up through his teleport bracelet. The Travis section is really good though, Brian Croucher definitely comes into his own here, and I’d have been quite happy if they’d just extended that to fill the episode. Hopefully Robert Holmes can restore Sue’s faith in the show next week.

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      March 21, 2014 9:40 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      This episode requires alcohol. There should be a warning on the DVD box.

  • March 21, 2014 7:06 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Robin

    Oh dear. All of my efforts to tempt lady partners into sci-if have ended in ignominy like this. Trial isn’t very good – and arguably Blake’s 7 isn’t very good – but Trial is a lot better than Pressure Point. I think calling B7 out on its shitness is fair enough but I can’t figure out how this gets the worst mark of the series so far. And the bits with Travis ARE good!

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    March 21, 2014 7:18 pmPosted 3 years ago
    hperson

    Zil is the worst non-human to appear in any Blakes 7 Episode. Ever. And that’s quite the achievement, so 1/10 is about right.

    But when I re-watched the episode I fast-forwarded through all the Zil bits – and it was brilliant. Travis’ defence that he was only what the Federation hypocrites created him to be -and that they should get real about that – was a bullseye.

    A rare cock-up by Chris Boucher to spoil the story with a lizard-flavoured, ballet dancer-shaped talking micro-organism.

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    March 21, 2014 7:42 pmPosted 3 years ago
    jsd

    I rewatched this recently and found the Zil stuff pretty hard to take seriously. The rest of the episode is great though. But, I’m not Sue and if she wants to give it 1/10, that’s fine. I’d say it’s an 8 or 9. I’m a sucker for political maneuvering and big power shifts. How many series would have the balls to put their main baddie on show trial and then have him become a renegade, just the guy he’s chasing?

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    March 21, 2014 7:48 pmPosted 3 years ago
    The Grouchybeast

    I love Trial, but I’m not all that surprised by Sue’s score. It was never going to be her cup of tea, really.

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    March 21, 2014 8:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
    wyngatecarpenter

    Shocking! 9 out of 10 at least, this is one I enjoy more each time I see it. The Travis section is the strongest but I still like the Zil section. It’s a way of Blake resolving his crisis that doesn’t involve the viewer having to watch him sitting on a log thinking in silence for 20 minutes as Zil reminds him of his own fight against the Federation. Blake hasn’t learned anything but I think that ultimately becomes the point of Season 2.
    The Travis sections are great for several reasons. I like the fact that he is given a more human side, at least from the point of view of some of the men in the ranks, but he also seems more menacing here.
    Good direction as well.
    Sorry, I don’t think Sue has ever been more wrong.

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      March 21, 2014 9:44 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      It’s “The Massacre”gate all over again. Trial-gate?

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        March 22, 2014 3:00 pmPosted 3 years ago
        wyngatecarpenter

        If Sue scores Dawn Of The Gods higher than 1/10 the I’ll have to leave the blog in protest (for a couple of days at least)

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    March 21, 2014 9:38 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Sean Alexander

    This was dreadful – except for the moment just before the end credits when Blake and Avon ‘laugh’ and I fully expected a freeze-frame in the style of Police Squad. Someone who can do these sorts of things really should dub the soundtrack and put in on YouTube.

    And Brian Croucher really should have been in Panto, not leather pants.

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    March 21, 2014 10:20 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Katie C

    “Come back Terry Nation, all is forgiven.”

    I’m gonna need a lot more kittens to get me through to “Countdown.”

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      July 22, 2014 9:26 amPosted 2 years ago
      Anniew

      On re-reading these comments got slightly freaked by the ‘I’m gonna need a lot more kittens’ statement. Put those kitties down at once and behave.

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        July 23, 2014 9:23 amPosted 2 years ago
        Katie c

        Thankfully I didn’t need the kitties after this 1/10. They were giving me a rash 🙂

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    March 21, 2014 10:53 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Jonathan Baldwin

    I remember this episode from when it was first on, and being pretty freaked out by the “absorbed” bit – I can’t hear that word without thinking of this.
    But I always manage to reimagine Zil in my head as being much better. Oh dear.
    The rest I liked. It’s interesting to watch this next to something like Secret Army (around the same time?) – it’s an attempt to be something like that but in space, rather than a “grown up Doctor Who”.

    The Star Trek laugh at the end, though – very poor.

    Killer next. Another one I remember – but watch out for the costumes. That’ll be all Sue talks about.

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    March 21, 2014 11:30 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Ann worrall

    I hated this episode the first time I saw it but watching it recently I quite enjoyed it. Wasn’t that impressed by Travis but the court scene was interesting and I thought ‘zil’ was well acted. And Avon is pretty gorgeous and funny. I hate it when someone you’re journeying with doesn’t like something you do. Oh Sue don’t give up on Blakes 7, it’s a seriously addictive Universe.

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    March 22, 2014 12:06 amPosted 3 years ago
    Harriet

    Blake’s Seven was never very good at aliens. I can imagine a Platonic form of this episode in which Zil works, but we haven’t got it.

    But never mind, because the Trial part of Trial is sheer brilliance. Politics! Half a dozen different viewpoints from within the Federation! Secretary Rontane! (I love Rontane, and refuse to accept that he died in Blake’s strike. It’s just coincidence we didn’t see him again.) And Travis’s finest hour when he forces the acceptable face of the Federation to confront what it really is!

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      March 22, 2014 10:42 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      It’s all about story. If James Cameron made this, it’d work – Zil is ten times more alien than those smurf-like American Indian analogues in the execrable Avatar (which was ripped off from Ursula Le Guin anyway).

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        July 22, 2014 9:28 amPosted 2 years ago
        Anniew

        I agree. The idea of a sentient , philosophical flea is breathtakingly original.

  • March 22, 2014 2:40 amPosted 3 years ago
    encyclops

    Another vote for the Travis section and against the Zil section. The latter is kind of a bold sci-fi idea but it doesn’t belong in this episode or even in this show, really, and the less said about how it’s realized the better.

    What makes the Travis section more gripping, somehow, is that the recasting always gives me the small irrational sense that Travis 2 is somehow being blamed for things that Travis 1 did.

    Anyway, though I like Trial I don’t feel all that emotionally attached to it. In general Sue’s scores just don’t faze me here like they did when she was the Wife in Space — I can just relax and enjoy the whole thing. I’m glad of that.

    And this was still hilarious. I love how hard Sue is shipping this series, and I never thought I’d type those words about anyone in my life.

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    March 22, 2014 4:17 amPosted 3 years ago
    Geoff

    Now I love the Travis half of this story as well but to be fair the best bits are the scenes with Par in, either with Travis or the other trooper in the corridor and Sue did say she liked those bits. I was dreading her views on Zil who quite frankly never shoukd have been seen outside the darkest corner of some worthy experimental theatre group in Islington let alone on prime time TV!

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    March 22, 2014 9:49 amPosted 3 years ago
    Nico

    “However, if Vila starts wearing PVC, I’m out of here.”

    Ha, wait till the next ep! Actually I think Vila looks pretty good in the tight black trou. But yeah, there’s also an outfit that make the yellor crossing-guard one look almost good.

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    March 22, 2014 11:53 amPosted 3 years ago
    Marky Mark

    Well Chris Boucher was definitely on some good drugs when he wrote this one – I just didn’t get the point of Blake going down to that planet to meet that weird fucked-up Telly Tubby creature. Just seemed a bit of a filler to me.

    We also laughed at Brian Croucher’s shouty overacting in the courtroom.

    The Bercol and Rotane (aren’t they the names of drugs ?!) aka Waldorf and Statler conversation made me roar with laughter – first you have Travers, then Serval’n (again), which Rotane says twice, then calls her Servalan – make up your fucking minds.

    However, overall, I thought this was one of my favourites of the series so far, some I’m surprised that Sue didn’t rate it. I’d give it 8/10.

    Now a couple of other points – why does Orac perpetually have a bee inside him (it ?).

    And finally, very importantly, a question for all you heterosexual men out there (I’m sure there are some !) : Is Servalan sexy ? Cos speaking as a gay man, I think she’s very sexy, but then…..what do I know ? Let’s start a debate…

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      March 22, 2014 12:44 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Dave Sanders

      Ask Paul Darrow. 🙂

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        March 23, 2014 3:20 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Marky Mark

        They didn’t….? Did they…?!? 🙂

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      March 22, 2014 2:58 pmPosted 3 years ago
      wyngatecarpenter

      “Just seemed a bit of a filler to me.”

      I think the idea that Blake is on the verge of giving up, but witnessing Zil’s fight for survival against overwhelmig odds renews his determiation to ight the Federation. More importantly…

      ” Is Servalan sexy ? Cos speaking as a gay man, I think she’s very sexy, but then…..what do I know ? Let’s start a debate…”

      No, never, I’ve never got the appeal , although I think she was quite a sex symbol at the time. Maybe the haircut puts me off

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        March 23, 2014 3:21 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Marky Mark

        Yes, I don’t think her hair is very feminine, but then she is very attractive (isn’t she ?!)…

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          March 23, 2014 3:52 pmPosted 3 years ago
          wyngatecarpenter

          No, I can’t see it myself. Life would be boring if we were all the same though.
          (Though this platitude doesn’t apply in the case of people giving Trial 1/10)

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      March 22, 2014 4:16 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Nick Mays

      I’m not gay but she never did anything for me. Too much like Dee from ‘Rock Follies’ for my liking.

      Jenna was more my ideal sexy space siren… 😉

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    March 22, 2014 4:14 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Nick Mays

    I remember watching this at the time and thinking what a shit come down it was after Gan dying the previous week. What does Blake do? He doesn’t immediately avenge Gan’s death he goes into self-imposed exile. If I was Avon, I’d have left the selfish bastard there and gone after Servalan myself.

    Despite this, there’s 2 interesting concepts here – the living planet (rather like Marvel Comic’s Ego, the Bioverse), but just done very, very badly. Zil’s darting tongue was just so off-putting, as if the costume wasn’t bad enough!

    Then you have Travis being put on trial, but again, it’s an idea that’s wasted. He could have escaped, become a fugitive in his own right, even formed an unlikely alliance with Blake, but no it’s “one bound and he’s free” thanks to Blake’s one-shot cock-up.

    Wasted opportunities all round. I very nearly gave up on B7 at this point, but stuck with it mainly because there wasn’t much else on TV at the time! (I’d got fed up with Dr Who at that point as well! Maybe it was a “morose teenager” thing).

    On the plus side, 35 years on, what a lovely kitten! 🙂

    Nick

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      March 22, 2014 10:46 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      To be fair, Blake does avenge Gan wit the strike on Space Command HQ – no-one else suggested it.

      Travis thinking of making an alliance with Blake? An intriguing idea. Though if they did use it as a lead-in to something, it’d probably be a trap…

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    March 22, 2014 9:40 pmPosted 3 years ago
    AST

    “Sue: Servalan is looking very beautiful today. I’ve noticed that Federation women are very androgynous. Maybe these two are lesbian lovers and…

    I can’t bring myself to type the rest.”

    Dammit, Neil! It was just getting interesting there.

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    March 23, 2014 8:53 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mark P

    Travis doesn’t bat an eyelid…he did, the one under his eye patch!

    Blake is a terrible captain. He should hold regular team meetings for a start…like Captain Picard. Always having meetings.

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    March 25, 2014 4:31 amPosted 3 years ago
    Amethyst

    I think Boucher is great at writing ensemble; on this occasion the ep didn’t work as the energy was diffused in too many directions. I think the dramatic tension would have been heightened had Blake somehow been forced to stay with his crew the whole time and face them.

    Sally and Paul are both gorgeous here FWIW.

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    June 8, 2014 10:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Supersynths

    The look of disdain that Travis gives the guard as he delivers the line “Prisoner and escort, reporting as ordered,” in his best public school accent is priceless! No wonder he started walking before the guard said “Quick march!”

    Marky Mark: Always thought Servalan was sexy, especially when she spoke in those soft whispery tones followed by a big smile!

    Cute kitten.

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    July 21, 2014 10:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Vivienne Dunstan

    Just watched this one with my husband, in our rewatch (me) / watch first time (him). And we both really liked it, so were very surprised to see Sue give it 1/10. Admittedly I had enormous trouble taking Zil seriously, but I liked the concept, and what Blake set up, plus the parallel trial story. For once the new Travis wasn’t really exasperating me, which made a nice change. So we’ve been reading other people’s comments with much interest and amusement!

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